Delicious Alchemy: The Banquet- 5.19.16
Guests are still raving about the 10th Anniversary party that Gracie and Bob Cavnar threw to benefit Recipe for Success Foundation, Thursday night May 19 at The Dunlavy. “The chicest most elegant dinner we've been to in years,” gushed global philanthropist Becca Thrash. “The entire evening was a feast for every sense—truly a beautiful, engaging, and delicious few hours in the most perfect Houston setting,” insisted Houston supporter Jane Wagner.

A culinary reunion with the air of a parallel party had the kitchen humming all afternoon as ten iconic food artists—all founding members of the Recipe For Success Chef's Advisory Board—prepared their courses. Bryan Caswell, Charles Clark, Robert Del Grande, Randy Evans, Lance Fegen, Peter Garcia, Elouise Jones, Monica Pope, Randy Rucker, and John Sheely pulled out all the stops to created their over-the-top dishes with the help of ingredients donated by Sysco Foods, D’Artagnan, DR Delicacy, Marble Ranch and Indian Creek Mushrooms.

Afternoon thunderstorms cleared and a breeze kicked up just in time for seventy guests to arrive at The Dunlavy where the parade of food started during cocktails on the screen porch, which is cantilevered over Buffalo Bayou. Lance Fegen’s Pupukea-style tuna poke with ginger, macadamia, mango and chilies on a wasabi-sesame spoon; Monica Pope’s signature Date with a Pig and John Sheely’s snapper ceviche were passed as guests posed for photos with Neal Hamil Agency models who were draped only in artful dinner napkins. The models displayed examples of Dinner at Eight, sets of ten napkins featuring original works created for the occasion by artists Andrea Bianconi, Elaine Bradford, Joey Fauerso, Michael Golden, David McGee, Neva Mikulicz, Kermit Oliver, Susan Plum, Beth Secor and Randy Twaddle. Guests snapped up the packaged sets on sale for $250. A signature cocktail of Belvedere Peach Vodka with fresh Texas peaches from Jolie Vue Ranch made the rounds along with Chandon Sparkling Wine, Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut, En Route Chardonnay, Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, Septima Malbec, DeLoach Pinot Noir—all curated by Glazers Distributing, plus Stella Artois and 8th Wonder beer—gifts from Silver Eagle.
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